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  1. I just got off the Paradise on Monday. I almost threw out the Platinum gift because I thought it was something from Photographers advertising something. Just before throwing it in the trash, I decided to open it. I then realized that the Platinum gift was indeed a picture of the Mardi Gras. I typically don't complain about free gifts, but it was really weird. I worked on the old Mardi Gras, and even I couldn't figure out what I was suppose to do with this picture. So, I'm not complaining - just thought it was a really odd gift.
  2. Can you make reservations for YTD on all ships now? I know it wasn't an option on the Paradise when I was on in November.
  3. Oh, okay I get it. I thought you were saying that if you have the flu, you should fake it and not see the doctor. I have heard of the doctor being a little too liberal when handing down the quarantine order. I guess if you're sick enough to go to the doctor and you're throwing up, they have to assume you may have the norovirus. Knock on wood, I've never had to visit the doctor on any ship.
  4. I know exactly what you mean - my daughter is 32 years old and recently married. When she is really sick, she still wants her mom. There's something about having your mother with you when you're really sick. I am over 60 and lost my mom a few years ago - I always miss her, but if I'm sick, I really, really miss her. I know you're not saying she can't do anything without you, she'd just love to have you there to "comfort" her. Guess we should be thankful that our daughters still need us (lol).
  5. Yeah, I was that poster. Thankfully it was the only time it happened to me and I've been on over 25 cruises. I will say that on my last two cruises we received notices advising that someone's suitcase was misplaced and asking everyone to check their cabin, so it probably happens more than we realize. They sent out the same type of notice when this happened to us, but 4 young women apparently don't read notices (lol). We were told that it was actually their cabin steward that located the bag the day before the 7 day cruise ended. We've started carrying on our own bags on shorter cruises (smaller bags) just because it's nice to get everything unpacked - and we are now platinum so we can drop the bags off as soon as we get on. I would never want to lug around a large suitcase if my room wasn't available when I board - but, I see lots of luggage on Lido as passengers wait for cabins to be ready.
  6. Are you saying that if you do have the flu you shouldn't go to medical because they will quarantine you?
  7. Thankfully I have gotten use to packing a Tervis-type cup which has it's own straw. I am a slow drinker so if I'm by the pool and order a drink it gets watered down as the ice melts. I also hate "sweating" glasses. I love having my own cup - I pour my drink into it (sometimes the bartender will just mix it and pour it into my cup) - drink stays ice cold and my hands stay dry.
  8. If you don't gamble much and want your mom to use the $$ in the casino - you could download the $500 from your S&S OBC to a casino account on your card. Then, let your mother use your card to play (when you're out & about and don't need the card). After she plays $100 or so, you can then go to the casino cashier & cash out the balance and give it to her. I don't think they would let you cash it out unless there is some activity of use in the casino. Not sure if this makes sense - after reading it over (lol), but your mother will probably get what I'm trying to say. If she spends as much time as I do in the casino, she will understand the concept.
  9. I've cruised in each season over the years. Definitely more children during school breaks, but that doesn't mean those winter/spring cruises are necessarily less crowded. CCL pretty much sells out each cruise - but there aren't as many 4 person cabins. Probably as many (or a few more) adults, but less teenagers/children means a much more relaxed cruise. I love cruising in November - great weather, not so hot & very few children - with the exception of Thanksgiving week.
  10. If I understand you correctly, my niece does this on each cruise. She puts $500 in on the first day. At the end of the day, if she has more than $500, she goes to the cashier and asks for whatever that amount is back in cash. She limits herself (or tries to) to $100 per day, so on day one, she stops before reaching $400 and so on.... You can go to the cashier's desk and ask for any part of the money from your "Casino Bank" as many times as you like. When I get a fairly large win, my sister always seems to find me (lol) and I will go to the cashier and take out $100 to give her, leaving the rest in the "bank". Hope this helps. Have a great cruise - love the Legend and glad she's back in Tampa.
  11. True, it's all speculation, but I'm sure if the cruise line was skimming, we would have heard so by now. I use to work on CCL ships years ago when passengers used (or more often, didn't use) the tip envelopes. I can almost assure you that crew are receiving way more tips now than then - even with those people who choose to remove the tips at CS. I choose to believe that cruise lines aren't screwing their staff out of tips, you can choose to think they do.
  12. But the single supplement fare wouldn't be more than the 2-person fare already paid, would it? My PVP said that the only reason not to cancel before sailing is that they could charge a $50 fee (not sure for what) and that there would be no extra charge when I tell them that she won't be making the cruise when checking in - they will just credit my charge card for her taxes and port fees - but my PVP has been wrong in the past - lol. I just hate to put the check in staff through making calls (and also don't want to deal with a call myself) when I know that she won't be making it.
  13. It does get charged automatically to the bar cash until it is gone. Also, something I didn't know until I found myself with $100 left as the end of the cruise was quickly approaching - any tips you add to your bar bill will also come out of the bar cash. One of the bar waitresses in the casino who was very nice got a great tip at the end of the cruise (lol).
  14. I've cruised solo several times and booked as a solo. My sister and I are booked on a cruise next month, but she will not be sailing (long, boring story). My plan was to just advise the person checking me in that my sister will not be sailing. Would this cause me any issues? I've read several posts advising that you should just tell the check in staff that she should be checking in later - but, I really don't understand why I should do this. Why have them call me and try to call her when I know that she won't be checking in? Am I missing something?
  15. People buy cruise cash for different reasons. Sometimes family or friends of the cruiser purchase cruise cash as a gift - in which case there will be a card in the cabin giving the amount of cruise cash and who it was from. Sometimes the cruiser purchases cruise cash him/herself. I purchase it prior to some of my cruises - most of the time it's because I have a little extra cash that I would normally place in savings, and instead if I have a cruise coming up, I'll purchase cruise cash. It just gives me a head start. The maximum amount of cruise cash that can be purchased is $500 per cabin. It is non-refundable - you "lose" what you don't use. However, many people will go to a slot machine, get money from their Sail and Sign, play a little and cash out the rest at the casino cashier. I spend a lot of time in the casino and never have to worry about not using it all (lol). Hope this helps.
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